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National Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
April 27, 2010 HR 5146 Prohibiting 2010- 2011 Congressional Cost-of-Living Pay Increase Bill Passed - House
(402 - 15)
NA
April 15, 2010 HR 4851 Unemployment Benefits Extension Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(289 - 112)
NA
March 25, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(220 - 207)
NA
March 21, 2010 HR 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(219 - 212)
NA
March 21, 2010 HR 4872 Health Care Reconciliation Act Bill Passed - House
(220 - 211)
NA
March 4, 2010 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ("Senate Jobs Bill") Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 201)
NA
Feb. 26, 2010 HR 2701 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Bill Passed - House
(235 - 168)
NA
Feb. 4, 2010 HJR 45 Reinstating PAYGO Budget Rule Motion Agreed - House
(233 - 187)
NA
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 2847 Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(217 - 212)
NA
Dec. 16, 2009 HR 4314 Increasing the National Public Debt Limit Bill Passed - House
(218 - 214)
NA
Dec. 11, 2009 HR 4173 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Bill Passed - House
(223 - 202)
NA
Dec. 10, 2009 HR 3288 2009-2010 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(221 - 202)
NA
Dec. 3, 2009 HR 4154 Estate Tax Law Amendments and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(225 - 200)
NA
Nov. 19, 2009 HR 3961 Revising Medicare Physician Fee Schedules and Reinstatement of PAYGO Bill Passed - House
(243 - 183)
NA
Nov. 7, 2009 H Amdt 509 Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services Amendment Adopted - House
(240 - 194)
NA
Nov. 7, 2009 H Amdt 510 Substitute Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Amendment Rejected - House
(176 - 258)
NA
Nov. 7, 2009 HR 3962 Health Care and Insurance Law Amendments Bill Passed - House
(220 - 215)
NA
Nov. 5, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits and Providing Business and Homebuyer Tax Credits Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(403 - 12)
NA
Oct. 29, 2009 HR 2996 Continuing Appropriations Extension and 2009-2010 Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(247 - 178)
NA
Oct. 15, 2009 HR 2892 2009-2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Authorizations Conference Report Adopted - House
(307 - 114)
NA
Oct. 8, 2009 HR 2647 2009-2010 Defense Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(281 - 146)
NA
Oct. 7, 2009 HR 2997 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agency Appropriations Fiscal Year 2009-2010 Conference Report Adopted - House
(263 - 162)
NA
Oct. 7, 2009 H Res 805 Removing Rep. Charles Rangel as Chairman of House Committee on Ways and Means Motion Agreed - House
(246 - 153)
NA
Sept. 25, 2009 HR 2918 Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(217 - 190)
NA
Sept. 22, 2009 HR 3548 Extending Federal Emergency Unemployment Benefits Bill Passed - House
(331 - 83)
NA
Sept. 17, 2009 HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN Bill Passed - House
(253 - 171)
NA
Sept. 17, 2009 HR 3221 Prohibiting Federal Assistance to ACORN Motion Agreed - House
(345 - 75)
NA
Sept. 15, 2009 H Res 744 Resolution of Disapproval of Representative Joe Wilson's Conduct Resolution Passed - House
(240 - 179)
NA
July 31, 2009 HR 3435 Supplemental Appropriations for the "Cash for Clunkers" Program Bill Passed - House
(316 - 109)
NA
July 30, 2009 HR 2749 Food Safety Regulation Amendments Bill Passed - House
(283 - 142)
NA
June 26, 2009 HR 2454 Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade") Bill Passed - House
(219 - 212)
NA
June 16, 2009 HR 2346 2008-2009 Supplemental Appropriations Conference Report Adopted - House
(226 - 202)
NA
June 9, 2009 HR 2751 Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act Bill Passed - House
(298 - 119)
NA
May 20, 2009 HR 627 Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(279 - 147)
NA
April 29, 2009 HR 1913 Hate Crimes Expansion Bill Passed - House
(249 - 175)
NA
April 29, 2009 S Con Res 13 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution Conference Report Adopted - House
(233 - 193)
NA
April 2, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products Bill Passed - House
(298 - 112)
NA
March 31, 2009 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(275 - 149)
NA
March 25, 2009 HR 146 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Concurrence Vote Passed - House
(285 - 140)
NA
March 19, 2009 HR 1586 TARP Recipient Bonuses Tax Bill Passed - House
(328 - 93)
NA
March 18, 2009 HR 1388 National Volunteer Program Expansion Bill Passed - House
(321 - 105)
NA
March 11, 2009 S 22 Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 Bill Failed - House
(282 - 144)
NA
March 5, 2009 HR 1106 Mortgage Restructuring In Bankruptcy Bill Passed - House
(234 - 191)
NA
March 3, 2009 HR 1256 FDA Oversight of Tobacco Products House Co-sponsor
Feb. 26, 2009 HR 1105 2009 Budget Bill Bill Passed - House
(245 - 178)
NA
Feb. 13, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Conference Report Adopted - House
(246 - 183)
NA
Jan. 28, 2009 HR 1 Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ("Stimulus Bill") Bill Passed - House
(244 - 188)
NA
Jan. 27, 2009 S 181 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Bill Passed - House
(250 - 177)
NA
Jan. 22, 2009 H J Res 3 Releasing Funds for Economic Stabilization Act Joint Resolution Passed - House
(270 - 155)
NA
Jan. 21, 2009 HR 384 Oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program Bill Passed - House
(260 - 166)
NA

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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